HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched ‘Manodarpan’ platform on 21 July 2020. It will provide students as well as teachers, psychosocial support for mental health and well-being amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
“The ‘Manodarpan’ initiative has been included in the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, as a part of strengthening human capital and increasing productivity and efficient reform and initiatives for the education sector,” read the official tweet.
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Manodarpan : The Platform
This website is a part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12 to deal with the disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Launched on 21 July by the HRD Minister, the website discusses a wide range of issues faced by students, teachers and families during these unprecedented times.
“The platform will act as a sustainable psychosocial support system for all students, teachers & families”
It is an easy to use website with an interactive user interface. The website also has various podcasts, motivational videos, tips to follow, Do’s and Dont’s, FAQ and a lot more. There are different sections for school going students and college students on the website, which is very considerate as they kept in mind every student’s needs.
Mental Health and Covid-19 | Mandarpan
This pandemic has affected each one of us in the worst way possible. With significant daily changes to our lives such as lack of physical contact with our friends, colleagues and no change in our environment… it is important to take care of our physical, as well as our mental health.
“Health is not merely the absence of illness or disease. It is a more expansive concept, encompassing mental well-being as well, apart from other dimensions,” Pokhriyal said in a tweet.
It is rather great that mental health being a taboo subject in India, is finally getting addressed and steps are being taken to aware people about the same.
‘Children and adolescents may be more vulnerable and may experience a heightened level of stress and anxiety due to #COVIDCrisis. Hence we felt that while it is important to focus on #online education, the mental well-being of students also needs to be given equal importance,’ HRD Minister added in a tweet.
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